About Steel Toe Studios
My name is Erica and I have been blacksmithing for 19 years. I apprenticed for about six years with a variety of talented master smiths, mostly learning the craft through traditional smithing techniques, making gates, railings and lighting. I opened Steel Toe Studios in 2003 in the grimy Georgetown neighborhood in Seattle, and have been making belt buckles and belts ever since. Since having a child and massively reducing the craft shows I participated in, I developed a jewelry line based on the look of my buckles, using the same techniques but in a micro scale. I sell my work online, at a few craft shows a year and at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. I also occasionally teach workshops at schools like Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and Haystack in Maine, and am planning on teaching workshops out of my own private studio. I find profound satisfaction in making work by hand, slowly and carefully, with the intention that they become pieces that are handed down to future generations.